Novell signs on to EFF patent busting project
Fresh off a stinging round of criticism at the Open Source Business Conference for its licensing deal with Microsoft, Novell Inc. made an effort to change the discussion today, announcing a deal with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to reform patents worldwide.
"EFF has long been at the forefront in addressing the key challenges of the digital age, including worldwide intellectual property issues," said EFF Executive Director Shari Steele. "The support of Novell - a company founded on the proprietary software development model but now strongly embracing the open source approach - will be a great boon to our efforts to rid the industry of innovation-killing patents. We hope Novell's example encourages other software vendors to join the effort."